Columnist Lucky Rosenbloom’s commentary [column of April 11] on abortion and its devastating effects on Black America is the dirty little secret Black activists, most Black clergy, Black scholars and, of course, the liberal White left are silent about. There’s no virtue in supporting abortions, just what is vile to the human race, regardless of its legal status in America and numerous other progressive nations.
Furthermore, the vast majority of abortions in the U.S. are for “convenience” or a way of contraception. Abortions on Black women per year (about 40 percent of the total abortions) exceed all other Black deaths (murders, AIDS, heart attacks, cancers, strokes and accidents) combined.
I’m amused, if not unimpressed, at Susan A. Cohen’s and Oliver Steinberg’s statements [letters to the editor, MSR, April 25] defending Planned Parenthood and the anti-Black Margaret Sanger of yesteryear. Neither one has the guts to quote her racist statements on sterilization (abortion included) of Blacks even getting Hitler’s ear.
Steinberg states many famous African Americans, i.e. Martin Luther King, Jr., WE.B. DuBois, Mary Church Terrell and Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., as if this makes Planned Parenthood legitimate. It’s likely these Black giants didn’t know altogether what went on behind the shadows (or in the agendas)of Planned Parenthood, the successor to Sanger’s diabolical work to stop the ”weeds” from growing, namely, Blacks from having babies.
Rosenbloom is correct in his inference that the defense of Planned Parenthood as the ”paragon” for women’s health is sophistry. The babies get the worst end of the abortion mills, one must not forget. Rather than sugarcoat the abortion issue in Black America, in particular, let’s call abortion by its real name: reproductive racism.
Howard A. McQuitter lives in Minneapolis